In his previous landmark book on youth culture and teen angst, the award-winning "England's Dreaming," Jon Savage presented the "definitive history of the English punk movement" ("The New York Times"). Now, in "Teenage," he explores the secret prehistory of a phenomenon we thought we knew, in a monumental work of cultural investigative reporting. Beginning in 1875 and ending in 1945, when the term "teenage" became an integral part of popular culture, Savage draws widely on film, music, literature high and low, fashion, politics, and art and fuses popular culture and social history into a stunning chronicle of modern life.
"The definitive history of youth in revolt, from the gaslight age to the dawn of rock."
-David Fricke, "Rolling Stone"
"Compulsive reading . . . "Teenage" is a rich, rewarding book that makes an important contribution to cultural history."
-Camille Paglia, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Resonant . . . Savage explores . . . [an] array of teenager types, from the wild, sensational precursors to juvenile delinquency to the straight-laced good-citizen proto- preppie. It's Savage's claim to being a great historian, and it's mighty convincing."